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Insights Column 02.16.2016

How Federal Dollars Are Helping South Dakota

One of the top priorities of the right-wing group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is stopping Medicaid expansion across the country. And in South Dakota, they’ve stepped up their operations, working to derail expansion discussions in…

Advocacy Guide 01.31.2016

Public Policy Toolkit for Enrollment Assisters

As an enrollment assister, you have an important role to play in educating public officials and advocating on behalf of your profession and the consumers you serve. Advocacy is an important component of your…

Insights Column 01.27.2016

Health Insurance Mergers: Questions Consumers Want Answered

Last July, four insurance giants announced proposed mergers. Anthem is proposing to purchase Cigna, and Aetna to purchase Humana. A merged Anthem-Cigna would cover 53 million people, and a merged Aetna-Humana would cover more than 33…

Fact Sheet 01.24.2016

Proven Best Choices

Families USA and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) have produced a new series of consumer guides to help patients and clinicians focus on which tests or treatments to choose when several reasonable options…

Report 01.16.2016

How Could a 1332 Waiver Affect Medicaid and CHIP?

States can receive approval from the federal government to begin state innovation projects in 2017 that would waive certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act pertaining to private insurance coverage. To do this, they…

Insights Column 01.14.2016

Consumer Advocates Should Review New Guidance for 1332 Waivers

Last month, HHS and the Department of the Treasury issued new guidance on state innovation waivers that includes stronger protections for low-income and vulnerable consumers. We believe many of its provisions should be added to federal…

Report 01.14.2016

What Advocates Should Know about 1332 State Innovation Waivers

Beginning in 2017, the Affordable Care Act permits states to apply for waivers to begin experimenting with strategies to provide residents with access to high-quality, affordable health insurance. Known as 1332 state innovation waivers,…

Insights Column 01.13.2016

Louisiana to Expand Medicaid: Outlook for the States in 2016

Legislative sessions during an election year are historically shorter, more budget-oriented and less controversial than other years. But as the Obama administration enters its final year, the Affordable Care Act and the tools it…